A quick note of An Essay on the New Aesthetic by Bruce Sterling.

New Aesthetic isn’t a gaudy, network-assembled heap, information visualization, satellite views, parametric architecture, surveillance cameras, digital image processing, data-mashed video frames, glitches and corruption artifacts, voxelated 3D pixels in real-world geometries, dazzle camou, augments, render ghosts, nostalgic retro 8bit graphics from the 1980s.

“New Aesthetic” isn’t about “robot vision” from “digital devices”.

Robots lack cognition. They lack perception. They lack intelligence. They lack taste. They lack ethics. They just don’t have any.

Aesthetics are, by definition, how beauty is perceived and valued in a human sensorium. Aesthetics is therefore an issue of metaphysics. Perception, beauty, judgment and value are all metaphysical issues.

 

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